South Africa Coal Reserves and Consumption Statistics,
South Africa holds 35,053 million tons (MMst) of proven coal reserves as of 2016, ranking 8th in the world and accounting for about 3% of the world's total coal reserves of 1,139,471 million tons (MMst). South Africa has proven reserves equivalent to 173.3 times its annual consumption. This means it has about 173 years of Coal left (at current,Coal in South Africa - Wikipedia,The largest coal deposits in South Africa are to be found in the Ecca deposits, a stratum of the Karoo Supergroup, dating from the Permian period, between 280 and 250 Ma. The Ecca Group is extensive, covering around two thirds of South Africa (much of it covered by slightly younger rocks - see diagram on the left). Only the northern and north-eastern portion of these Ecca deposits is coal-bearing, but it nevertheless contains more than a third of all coal reserves in the Southern Hemisphere. Coal - Minerals Council South Africa,The coal measures are generally shallow, largely unfaulted and lightly inclined, making their exploitation suitable for opencast and mechanised mining. At current rates of production, South Africa has reserves sufficient to satisfy its needs for more than a century.